TILAD DO TO SHINGRAKOMA
This below part of the trek, this little patch of flowing chadar made us think of going back and quitting the trek.
As we walk we made make sure to take in the incredible rock faces and surrounding snow-capped peaks as you walk in the footsteps of generations before us. The landscape is truly spectacular during winter and very few people get to witness such remote valleys.
We started our trek in the morning to our next campsite, Shingra Coma. After walking for about 2kms on the frozen river we realized that the ice had cracked ahead. At that time I thought that this broken path is lesser than 50 meters, anyone can cross it in 5 – 10 secs and after contemplating a few times, we finally decided to cross this patch. We were the first group going to cross this patch. So I was excited. ‘’Common who could miss the chance of walking in the freezing water! This is the real adventure”, I thought to myself.
First step in that water and I realize, how stupid and wrong I was for underestimating coldness of the water. It was so cold that the moment the water entered my shoes, “uii maaa” I screamed as loud as I could. It was a scream filled with pain and fear of that I might lose my senses. By now, the water was knee deep and seeped through my gum boots and pants.
I couldn’t feel my feet and my fingers because that’s how cold the water was! Stepping into the icy cold river wasn’t a decision which was as brave as I had imagined it would be because the cold water just made my whole body go numb.
After a little break we started again to climb the most treacherous terrain of this trek and then descend.
And now, imagine how we managed to descend at this point. The cliff was steep and getting down was even more challenging. There was no grip whatsoever, one wrong step and we would fall straight into the frozen river. The moment I stepped my foot on above point, I saw stones rolling down the steep slope.
Last 2 hours were very scary since our life was on stake that time. Once we reached our next campsite, we had to make a big decision of whether we want to continue or not and the way things turned out on the first day, everyone was scared. But now, when I look back to those moments and decisions that we took, I feel it was all worthy and the whole experience seems very exciting as well.